My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Greatcoats are the magisters by the king’s law. His personal army of sorts. Their job is to travel all around the nation and pass on judgements based on the laws. Falcio, the protagonist, is one of the greatest and closest to the king.
When one day, the kingdom is sieged and the king is assassinated. Now, the world is being ruled by the Dukes and the law is in tatters, and the greatcoats are considered traitors.
Falcio, among the others in the army, has been given by a final order from the king. To find a chariot and somehow that will help the nation get it’s footing back.
Along with his two greatcoat companions, Kest and Bastri, he’s in a journey at the beginning of the novel. To find the glory that has lost to their kingdom. Great adventures await in this book after that.
The best part about this novel is characterization. Falcio has a dark past and is haunted by that, but that doesn’t let his spot on humor fade. The different personalities of the three main characters, and the amusing first person lenses with which we get to see the world in. The story was a delight to read even in all its dark story.
The three of us invented ‘punch-pull-slap’ some time ago. One of the things you discover after you’ve been wounded enough times is that the body really only keeps track of one source of pain at a time. So, for example, if your tooth hurts and someone pokes you ine the stomach, your body momentarily forgets about the tooth.
So, the way this is supposed to work is like this: Brasti punches me in the face, Kest pulls the arrow out of my legand then Brasti slaps me so hard my brain never has time to register the bolt and therefore I don’t scream at the top of my lungs.
The story is packed with beat-by-beat fight scenes. And the action is too much fun to read. The characters have a really dark humor, making it even more amusing.
“I’m bored.” Brasti said. ‘Is there any way I could possibly just kill you now and then we could go and– I don’t know– play games with your head?’
‘I don’t think you would have much fun tossing my head around like a ball, Trattari. Trust me, I’ve triedit more than once and even a traitor’s head just gets soggy after a while.”
The one problem I did had with the book was the rushed ending. Too many things happened too quickly to even digest, that’s why it took me so long to review. I just didn’t understood all that happened all at once in the end.
The story overall had an extremely fast pace as well. We don’t get to see much of the world, and the glimpses at the backstory are sparse as well. Though the whole picture of Falcio’s journey to where he is now gets clear with time, the world still remains vague and felt unexplored.
But all in all, it’s a great start in a great new fantasy series. And I am definitely going to continue on with this one and will highly recommend it to others as well.
Here’s too hoping that the world get more screen time in the next book. (since I read digital copies, this metaphor turns out to fit perfectly. 😉 )